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Affordable Care Act Could Deter PA Substitute Teachers

06.17.14 | Bill Price

 School districts in the Common Wealth will soon restrict substitute teachers from working more than 30-hours a week, despite sub shortages that left area classrooms uncovered this year. Starting in January, under the  Affordable Care ...

Common Core Rally in Albany

06.17.14 | Bill Price

  The State legislature and Governor Cuomo agreed in March to essentially hit the pause button on using Common Core standards to judge students. Advocates in support of dropping Common Core will Rally in the well of the Legislative State ...

NY Ban on Sexual Orientation Therapy

06.17.14 | Sarah Harnisch

    New York's democratic-led assembly has passed a ban against health professionals trying to change a child's sexual orientation through therapy. It would prohibit licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental ...

PA Lawmaker Pushes for State Immigration Office

06.16.14 | Sarah Harnisch

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is trying to create an Office of New Americans in the state.  Senator Jim Ferlo sent out letters last week seeking support of the bill, which would focus on attracting and integrating immigrants to Pennsylvania.  ...

PA Lawmakers Negotiate Liquor Sales

06.16.14 | Sarah Harnisch

  With 2 weeks before Pennsylvania state lawmakers call it quits until September, Senate leaders behind closed doors are negotiating the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores.  The House bill would phase out 600 state liquor stores and ...

Empire State Divided on Gun Control

06.16.14 | Bob Price

 Polls show a majority of New Yorkers support the Safe Act but it's intensely disliked upstate where hunting and the gun culture are strong. Anti-safe signs are a common site on rural lawns. Analysts doubt that angering traditional republican ...

NY Cracks Down on Teacher Certification

06.16.14 | Bob Price

Teacher certification requirements went un-enforced in more than 4-thousand New York classrooms last year. The State Education Department says hiring an un-qualified teacher is a misdemeanor crime for a school board. But the state does virtually ...

Republican Candidate For NY Governor Rob Astorino Accuses Cuomo of Tax Evasion

06.13.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Astorino says Cuomo and his girlfriend Sandra Lee did not get permits for renovations inside their Westchester County home to hide the improvements. Astorino was speaking in response to an assessor increasing the value of the home by close to ...

PA's Largest Labor Union Endorses Tom Wolf

06.13.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania's largest labor organization is endorsing the Democratic ticket for governor. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's executive council voted Thursday to support Tom Wolf and his running mate, state Sen. Mike Stack. They are challenging Republican ...

PA's Democratic Chair Says He's Not Going Down Without A Fight

06.13.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania Democratic Party chairman Jim Burn says he intends to challenge Katie McGinty, the hand-picked candidate of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf, when the party’s state committee chooses a new chairman later this month. Burn ...

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